February 13, 2018

Little Changes That Have Yielded Significant Results!

Everyday, sharing my life with rheumatoid arthritis is nothing to sneeze about!  Luckily for me, there are more good days versus challenging days, but when the weather swings from snow to rain, temperate, and  colder days, it can be taxing.  This past week, the weather changing at times by the hour, triggers my actions to confront the discomforts that accompanies these fickle weather patterns.  I mentally open my rheumatoid arthritis tool kit and work my way back to a comfortable life.  Just a few techniques/behaviors that I’ve adopted that make life so much more bearable when the rheumatoid arthritis rears its ugly head!

 Get moving!  It has been my experience that walking in snow or rain lessens the pressure in my joints, resulting in much-needed relief.  The addition of ice packs on swollen joints have yielded good results as well!

 Napping or bedtime I have found it best to follow the directions given to me after my hip surgeries, side sleeping while using a pillow between knees.  It is important to have quality rest and using pillow props can help you find comfortable positions.  I also meditate before I go to bed and use the essential oils to help me relax, especially when in active pain.

 There are not too many things that I’ve grown to like, but a turmeric latte is one of my favorites.  It didn’t happen overnight, but I gave it many tries before I discovered a teaspoon of maple syrup, certainly makes it a delight!  Drinking a beverage that contains two ingredients that contain antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties is a good choice. Here is how I make my occasional turmeric latte!

In a small pot over low heat, add 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, and 1 teaspoon maple syrup, heat.  Garnish with a generous amount of cinnamon, and enjoy!

Since being diagnosed with RA, I realized that it was not enough to follow my doctors orders and take medications exactly as prescribed.  Life is sometimes consumed with changes and adjustments when you want to live your life with style and flare!

A few pictures from the past week!